A board of directors is a body of elected or appointed members who together oversee the activities of HITO. HITO has 7 Board members: An independent Board Chair, 3 industry elected Board Members, 2 appointed Board Members, 1 Employee Representative.

Flora Gilkison

Board Chair

Flora Gilkison has had a strong background in tertiary vocational education having been Head of Faculty at Weltec and Wintec, in both roles she had oversight of ITO contracts giving her a good understanding of the relationships between ITO’s, ITP’s and the industry.

Flora was also Principal of the Pacific International Hotel School and has been on sector representative groups at both NZQA and TEC. Flora is an experienced director having in the past been a Ministerial appointment to the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Registration Board, is an elected member of the Taranaki District Health Board, and is currently chair of Fulford Radiology Ltd. She was also the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association until January 2016.

Flora has a strong understanding of the role hairdressing, barbering and beauty play in the economy and as a social good. She is excited about the new direction the ITO is going in, loves the creativity the industry offers and is very supportive of the strategic importance of making sure trainers and trainees reach the gold standard expected by all involved in the industry.

Amelia London

Employee Representative

I’m a fully qualified stylist with six years’ experience in the hairdressing industry. I currently work as the salon manager at Spectra salon. As salon manager, I am responsible for promoting the Spectra brand in the community. This role gives me the opportunity to network and make connections.

Having completed an apprenticeship myself, I’m a big supporter of the apprenticeship programme. Apprenticeships teach you how to work with real clients and manage your time in the salon. They also leave you with much less debt after you qualify.

My career focus has been on competition work and educational opportunities. I’ve entered (and succeeded) in several HITO and NZARH competitions. I’ve also attended several educational seminars, including Hair Expo. Continued learning is very important to me.

HITO is a great organisation, and I’m honoured to be a part of the HITO Board. I look forward to having my say and representing hair and beauty employees. I will not let the industry down.

Anne Millar

Elected Board Member

I have been on the current HITO Board since 2010.

I have been in the industry for 45 years and, together with my husband, I am the owner of Headquarters Remuera, Auckland. I have trained over 50 apprentices in that time. My personal experience within the hairdressing industry as Trainer, Manager, Owner, Assessor and HITO Ambassador has shown me the uniqueness of our industry and how closely we align with beauty.

I have an understanding of not only where HITO has come from, but also where it needs to go for the benefit of all the industries involved.

I am passionate about hairdressing, devote my time to working with the youth of our industry and am excited about the new constitution, and with it, the Board structure which will be responsible for this pathway of the future. It is important that the Board plans for the future, to ensure our industries grow with recognised and respected qualifications.

Jacqui Victor

Elected Board Member

I am a stylist and owner of the award-winning True Grit in Christchurch. My love and passion for the industry is still strong after three decades in the hair industry.

True Grit employs more than 18 staff members ranging from new apprentices to experienced stylists. Our commitment to training has won us numerous awards, including HITO Training Salon of the Year 2014 and 2015, Kitomba NZARH Grand Salon of the Year 2016, Kitomba Employer of the Year 2010/2011, and the Master Builders Business Hero Awards in 2013. We believe that exceptional service and strong client focus is the key to business success.

I am dedicated to training and mentoring the best young stylists, and I thrive on educating and inspiring other hairdressers as a member of the L’Oreal Creative team. I also value sharing my expertise with the wider community through various written media. I encourage all businesses to take on apprentices and focus on training. Training and mentoring are key to the success of businesses and the growth of our industries.

Peter Wells

Elected Board Member

I am the proud owner of Ali Barber’s in Wanaka and have been involved in the hairdressing and barbering industry for over 20 years.

I have trained six apprentices and value the enthusiasm, passion and connection to a younger generation that they bring to the shop.

During my work as a HITO assessor over the last 8 years I’ve developed relationships with many of our country’s barbers and employers. I stood for the Board to represent them and help lift standards in the barbering industry. I look forward to working with like-minded people who want to see our industries flourish.

Louise Gray

Appointed Board Member

I began my career as a nurse and worked in intensive care. Through my role I saw how the body works as a whole to create health. I made the move into beauty therapy in 1995, and combined my health and beauty therapy training to take skin care for my clients to the next level.

I opened my first clinic in 1998. With my skin therapy businesses, I aim to concentrate on my therapists, clients, and education in one centre. We focus on looking behind the surface for a complete overview of the body’s functioning to treat and correct many skin conditions.  My clinics and therapists have won several awards for their work.

I believe education is the key to success. My therapists follow an intensive training programme and are educated to the highest industry standard. Their skills go beyond product knowledge and techniques to include in-depth skin histology, client care, and business skills.

I have also worked as a tutor for Joyce Blok and an educator for Dermal International NZ. I have been an active member of the Beauty Association for many years, including serving on the Executive Committee.

I believe in giving back to the community we work in, and I regularly support local businesses, schools, and projects.

Wayne Smith

Appointed Board Member

I bring more than 25 years general management experience across a range of quite different industries to my role as an appointed HITO Board member.  This includes over 10 years in various governance and CEO roles including 4 ½ years as CEO of an ITO. From this I have a solid understanding of the ITO sector, the challenges it faces, how its funded and the major players such as the Tertiary Education Commission and NZ Qualifications Authority that an ITO must operate alongside.

As a parent I’m a strong supporter of the role vocational education plays in what may be lifelong employment decisions for young people leaving school or more broadly older members of the workforce looking to retrain, upskill and move into new careers.  Through the work they do ITO’s are exceptional well connected to the industries they support.  Raising the profile of these industries and the qualifications that can be obtained is a key element of the work ITO’s undertake.

The ITO sector plays an important role and within that HITO supports some exciting industries with a number of growth and strategic opportunities.  I believe a strong Board, with both appointed and elected directors that have a good mix of skills and experience, provides support to a CEO that helps them lead their organisation to meet the challenges and opportunities that face all organisations.

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